Some Heavy Cannabis Users Experience Withdrawal After Quitting
Twelve percent of frequent marijuana smokers experience cannabis withdrawal symptoms as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5), according to researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The symptoms include emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms.
As the number of Americans who regularly use cannabis has climbed, so too has the number of those experiencing cannabis withdrawal symptoms. A new study by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center finds that 12 percent of frequent marijuana smokers experienced Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), which includes emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms.
See Study Abstract here:
Cannabis withdrawal syndrome is a highly comorbid, disabling condition. * Cannabis withdrawal is associated with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. * Cannabis use disorders are strongly correlated with cannabis withdrawal syndrome. * Anxiety and hostility are the most common symptoms of cannabis withdrawal syndrome.
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